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Editors Choice Award, THE BEST OF NEW ENGLAND - THE WHITE HORSE - BEST CLASSIC PUB .....Yankee Magazine
2015 BEST RESTAURANTS STATEWIDE Connecticut Magazine January 2015 - Readers and Experts Choice 2015 BEST PUB and BEST PRIME RIB
2014 READERS CHOICE BEST RESTAURANTS STATEWIDE - BEST VALUE - BEST PRIME RIB January 2014 Connecticut magazine 2013 BEST RESTAURANTS EXPERTS' PICKS STATEWIDE - BEST PUB - BEST PRIME RIB - BEST VALUE (Honorable Mention) February 2013 Connecticut Magazine BEST OF CONNECTICUT 2012 AWARDS: BEST PUB FOOD STATEWIDE BEST VALUE - LITCHFIELD COUNTY - BEST PUB FOOD - LITCHFIELD COUNTY January 2012 Connecticut Magazine BEST OF CONNECTICUT 2011 AWARDS: BEST RESTAURANT BAR - STATEWIDE (runner up) - BEST PRIME RIB - STATEWIDE (runner up) - BEST VALUE - LITCHFIELD COUNTY - BEST NEW RESTAURANT - LITCHFIELD COUNTY - BEST RESTAURANT BAR - LITCHFIELD COUNTY - BEST PRIME RIB - LITCHFIELD COUNTY January 2011 Connecticut Magazine
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- "The White Horse Country Pub and Restaurant will put Marbledale on the map throughout the quad state region - that is New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont" - ***** 'EXCELLENT' - Country and Abroad Magazine
2013 YANKEE MAGAZINE - THE IDEAL PLACE IN OUR NEW ENGLAND DREAM TOWN
Top 28 Destinations for a date in Connecticut - February 2011 Connecticut Magazine
BEST OF CONNECTICUT AWARDS BEST PUB STATEWIDE
BEST VALUE STATEWIDE
BEST PRIME RIB STATEWIDE
BEST PUB FOOD STATEWIDE
BEST RESTAURANTS STATEWIDE
BEST RESTAURANT BAR - STATEWIDE (runner up)
BEST VALUE LITCHFIELD COUNTY
BEST PUB FOOD LITCHFIELD COUNTY
BEST PRIME RIB - STATEWIDE (runner up)
BEST VALUE - LITCHFIELD COUNTY
BEST NEW RESTAURANT - LITCHFIELD COUNTY
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BEST PRIME RIB - LITCHFIELD COUNTY
Yankee Magazine EDITORS CHOICE - BEST OF NEW ENGLAND - BEST CLASSIC PUB - The White Horse -
The Stamford Advocate The White Horse, A Country Pub & Restaurant, is a rare and precious find located on Route 202, Marbledale, CT in the Township of Washington , and formerly known as The Marbledale Pub.
Owner John Harris has tastefully displayed his British roots throughout the two dining areas, stocking them with antiques, artifacts and local art. With one side of the restaurant having more of a "feminine feel" and the other a masculine. The pub's official birthday took place on June 25th.
A "Village gathering place," where one could experience pub fare married to reasonable pricing. Diners can feast on starters like Clams Casino, for lunch one can try on a Cab Burger, traditional pub dishes have also been kicked up a notch and for dinner, try their Steakhouse Shepherds Pie or Superior Fish and Chips.
Country & Abroad April/May Best Bites FOOD FOR WHICH WE WOULD DRIVE MILES
By Elizabeth B. Potter
As our distribution range for The Country and Abroad magazine keeps growing so has our taste for regional cuisine in upstate New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Today, there's a wealth of high-class restaurants creating (and gestating) in these hills, and I might add competing with the finer restaurants in New York City, Chicago and California. Upstate in the country, "high-class" means attractive, classy, casual, and comfy restaurants offering the finest local fare in the region, simple to complex, created from locally grown vegetables and other produce, as well as poultry, meat, and fish raised on local farms and in the immediate regional byways.
The specialties we want to single out are made by talented chefs and restaurant owners, many who have left the big cities and who impart knowledge of the world's classic cuisines and are recreating dishes with contemporary innovations and surprises. In order to experience the many fine restaurants growing in our quad-state region but also to continue to re-feature our favorites from the past - to keep them in the forefront of our readership - we have decided to inaugurate a "Best Bites" column, in which we will single out a few of our favorite specialties - both classic and contemporary - from a couple of restaurants in each state, hoping to send you, our readership, out of your immediate region to drive, say 30 or 45 miles for the "Best Bites."
The White Horse Country Pub and Restaurant, Marbledale, CT
In the Spring of 2010, we tried lunch and then dinner at the White Horse Country Pub and Restaurant and thought it was Excellent - the food, the decor, the locale, the service, and yes, the cost. We have revisited this restaurant several times during the past year and it's become one of our special favorites, a place where you can enjoy really good food and "star" gaze at the same time.
The Best Bites we would cite are: the French Onion Soup ($4.75), Superior Fish and Chips ($12.50); Steakhouse Shepherds Pie ($14.75), Chicken Crepes with Wild Mushroom Sauce ($12); and the House Signature Burger ($11.75).
I have heard diners quibble about what makes a French Onion Soup authentic. French chef Fabrice Denis at the White Horse, the son of two Parisian chefs, has grown up with and serves the Parisian bistro version. I would say the White Horse French Onion Soup is the best around - and a meal unto itself - traditional and topped with a mound of melted Gruyere and a toasted crouton.
And why is the Superior Fish and Chips superior ? Because most versions, whether British or American, are soggy or under-fried or over-fried. Chef Denis has learned how to prepare the best of the British and American classics, as well as French bistro specialties. His crunchy-crisp, batter-coated slices of fresh tender cod, served with English-style tartar sauce - are still the crunchiest around! - and accompanied by home- cooked seasoned British Fries and Sweet Potato Fries, traditional English malt vinegar or American ketchup or both. Also, a great favorite with kids, as are the Mac and Three Cheeses, Chicken Crunch and Chips, the semi-private seventeenth-century English pub booths, and the iconic 1920s motorcycle over the bar.
The Steakhouse Shepherd's Pie is another British classic that I would drive miles for, here made with ground sirloin, carrots, peas, and onions in a rich brown sauce, topped with mashed potatoes, slowly baked, then lightly browned under a broiler. Also highly recommended are other English classics, particularly the Chicken Pot Pie and Beef Guinesss Stew. The Chicken Crepes, traditionally French, consist of tender bits of chicken, wild mushrooms, and shallots, slowly simmered in a scrumptious chardonnay-based white sauce - light and fragrant, and served with British Fries. My husband is the expert on hamburgers, but on a recent occasion I tried the White Horse Signature Burger without him being present. A blend of Black Angus sirloin, brisket, and short rib topped with bacon, caramelized onions, Sage Derby Blue Cheese Sauce, seared rare, and served with Romaine lettuce and sliced tomato on a toasted buttered brioche, I thought this burger was the best around - "succulent and juicy," as their menu promises. This hamburger was so large that I had it wrapped, reheating the remaining half when I got home and offering it to my husband, a complainer about local burgers, who loved it, even reheated ! - "Now that's a burger!" Better than PJ Clarke's and the late McBell's in Manhattan.
The White Horse Country Pub and Restaurant is located on Rte 202 in Marbledale, CT, a couple miles south of New Preston in the town of Washington, CT> For GPS users: 258 New Milford Turnpike, New Preston (Marbledale) 06777. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner 11 to 10pm, bar until closing. 860 868 1496, www.whitehorsecountrypub.com.
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British, French and American Classics at their best:
White Horse Country Pub and Restaurant in Marbledale, CT *****EXCELLENT
by Elizabeth B. Potter
The new White Horse Country Pub and Restaurant will put Marbledale, Connecticut on the map for our readers throughout the quad-state region-that is New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. An earlier version of this restaurant had for many years a reputation for good food with local Connecticut diners, primarily those from the Litchfield Hills and northern Fairfield County. Busy and somewhat raucous, this earlier tavern was known for its good burgers and draft beers.